So one has got to go: caltar ii-n 150mm or ebc 135mm fujinon w

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  1. heespharm

    heespharm Member

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    So I'm trying to thin the heard of large format lenses I own and wann keep just one... Which one do I keep

    Caltar ii-n 150mm or fujinon w 135mm mc
     
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    The one with the largest image circle.

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    image circle is the practically the same... 206mm vs 214mm

    fujinon w 135mm in copal 0 with metal ring ebc coated with 52mm filter ring = 206mm

    rodenstock non apo sironar N MC 150mm with 49mm filter ring = 214mm ic (not caltar ii N)
     
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    So where do you live and what are you asking for them?
     
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    It all depends on what you shoot most. If you shoot landscapes and architecture primarily, then a slightly wide angle of the 135 would be preferred. If you shoot a mix of subjects and portraiture, the 150 may be more versitile.
     
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    Yeah I think I'm gonna stick with the 135... I like the slight wider angle and it looks like the coating on the Fuji is nicer than the non-apo sironar
     
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    APO designation

    The Sironar N's had no changes to their specs other than name when they went "APO". I have two Caltar IIN versions and they're very fine lenses indeed.
     
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    As Rick said above. 135 is in the middle of the focal length range for 4x5 cameras. It's a slightly wide normal. You have plenty of room on either side for a shorter or longer addition to your kit when you feel the need. I prefer a 150, but only because I have a 120 and a 210. A 135 would be a bit redundant for me. You may choose to go with a 90 and 180 as additional lenses. It's nice to have choices.

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    Well I already have a 90, 180, 210, 250, and 305 oh and a 240 g claron for 8x10 so I don't need both the 135 and 150
     
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    With that spread I'd keep the 150 and sell the 135 and the 180. But what I would really do is very careful testing on all the lenes and see what ones are really sharp. Then cul from the sharpnest list. Depending on how that shakes out you might have a standard 90-150-210-305 group or a 135-180-250.
     
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    Meh thanks for all the help guys I decided to sell my 135 and 180 ... They are in the for sale forum